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Color Blocking + my DIY Destroyed Skinny Jeans!

 I showed a sneak peek of these over the weekend in the tutorial for how I made some DIY destroyed jeans for me and Maya.  I love how they turned out, and can’t wait to do some more 🙂

One of the MANY things I love about Maya?  She is freaking hysterical!  Cracks me up all the time!! Blog Splendid Sweater DIY Destroyed Goldsign Superga-1And then turns around and is the sweetest thing ever…Blog Splendid Sweater DIY Destroyed Goldsign Superga-2Blog Splendid Sweater DIY Destroyed Goldsign Superga-3Blog Splendid Sweater DIY Destroyed Goldsign Superga-4Blog Splendid Sweater DIY Destroyed Goldsign Superga-5I should add that I did not distress these jeans.  They came this way 🙂Blog Splendid Sweater DIY Destroyed Goldsign Superga-6Doing her part to keep the dandy lion population alive :{  Don’t tell my neighbors… She loves them though.  “LIONS!!”Blog Splendid Sweater DIY Destroyed Goldsign Superga-7On me…

Sweater- Splendid (eBay but similar here and less expensive here)
Jeans- Goldsign “Frontier” (destroyed by me, similar here, here and less expensive here)
Shoes- Superga
On Maya…
Vest- Old Navy (thrifted)
Top- Old Navy (thrifted)
Jeans- Levi’s (thrifted, but similar style here and without the distressing here)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted, similar here)

dit-elle-Lauren

Boho Tops…come in handy when you go out :)

 It was my friend’s birthday the other night, so we went to someplace special.  He’s a total foodie, so we let him pick the spot.  When I looked at the menu, I knew I needed a top that had “room to grow” haha.  That is one of the things I love so much about “boho” tops.  They are loose and flow so you can’t see the “after food and wine belly” 🙂

Blog Winter Kate Top DL1961 Coated Jeans-1 Blog Winter Kate Top DL1961 Coated Jeans-2I love stacking jewelry.  Even before it was the thing to do.  Mainly because I’m too lazy to take anything off and rotate, so I just keep everything on haha.  This time I mixed $4 bangles from H&M with…a not $4 bracelet 🙂 Blog Winter Kate Top DL1961 Coated Jeans-3 Blog Winter Kate Top DL1961 Coated Jeans-4 Blog Winter Kate Top DL1961 Coated Jeans-5 Blog Winter Kate Top DL1961 Coated Jeans-6And because it was a “going out” night, I didn’t get mixed pics of me and Maya, but I took these a few weeks ago and never blogged them.  I have a small obsession with Osh Kosh overalls.  Call it a generational thing 🙂Blog Maya 105 weeks Green Striped Osh Kosh Overalls-1 Blog Maya 105 weeks Green Striped Osh Kosh Overalls-2 Blog Maya 105 weeks Green Striped Osh Kosh Overalls-3On me…

Top- Winter Kate (old, but similar here)
Shoes- Report (similar)
On Maya…
Overalls- Osh Kosh (thrifted/vintage?)  skirt version in red here.
Leg Warmers- Baby Legs (similar)
Super Mom Tip
These tops are great for so many occasions/times in your life.  Wear them in the first trimester when you are trying to “hide the bump”.  Then wear them after the baby comes to…well, “hide the bump” :{  Then, wear them when you have a two year old to hide the food baby 🙂  That said.  It’s best to wear loose flowing tops with tighter bottoms to even things out. 🙂

dit-elle-Lauren

It was another all black kind of day…

Do you ever have those days when you feel so overwhelmed with work, kids, and LIFE that the last thing you want to think about is “what am I going to wear?”??  Yeah, me too!! 🙂

When that happens, I revert to my comfort zone….black.blog Club Monaco Cashmere Blank NYC Skinny Cords Frye Harness Boots-1 blog Club Monaco Cashmere Blank NYC Skinny Cords Frye Harness Boots-2When I wear all black, I like to at least play with texture… blog Club Monaco Cashmere Blank NYC Skinny Cords Frye Harness Boots-3 blog Club Monaco Cashmere Blank NYC Skinny Cords Frye Harness Boots-4 blog Club Monaco Cashmere Blank NYC Skinny Cords Frye Harness Boots-5My husband worries that Maya will get “tainted” by me taking all these pictures of her and that she’ll think she’s a model.  Um, I’m not worried 🙂 blog Club Monaco Cashmere Blank NYC Skinny Cords Frye Harness Boots-6Just a kid jumping in leaves! blog Club Monaco Cashmere Blank NYC Skinny Cords Frye Harness Boots-7Funny story.  It was COLD yesterday and WINDY!  Maya had ripped out the braid I had put in her hair and wouldn’t sit still for me to put her hair in a ponytail.  SO…this is the 5 second updo, and I kind of like it! blog Club Monaco Cashmere Blank NYC Skinny Cords Frye Harness Boots-8On me…

Sweater- Club Monaco (old, but similar here)
Jeans- Blank NYC corduroy (on sale here!)
Boots- Frye (less expensive version here)
On Maya…
Coat-Crazy 8 (thrifted, but this one is cute)
Sweater- Vintage Hand Knit (thrifted)
Top- Koala Kids (thrifted, but same idea here)
Jeans- Gap
Boots- Children’s Place (Thrifted, but similar here.)

Gray Frye Booties…what do I do with you?

I bought these boots a while ago, and thought they were perfect!  Until…I tried to mix them into outfits.  The color is a little light… I can’t quite figure out a color scheme that works with them.  After many attempts, I figured I’d just go for it and see how it looked on camera.  It really is funny how I’ll see something in the mirror and think it looks good, but when I take pictures of it, I think….what was I thinking??  Kind of makes me feel bad for celebrities.  Kind of… 😉

That is one of the things I’m really liking about doing this blog.  The experimenting… Trying outfits I might not have tried before.  Well, that, and actually just getting out of my work out clothes and taking a shower haha 🙂Blog Design History Cardigan Joes Jeans Frye Booties-1 Blog Design History Cardigan Joes Jeans Frye Booties-2 Blog Design History Cardigan Joes Jeans Frye Booties-3 Blog Design History Cardigan Joes Jeans Frye Booties-4This face makes me forget all about bootie woes 🙂 Blog Design History Cardigan Joes Jeans Frye Booties-5 Blog Design History Cardigan Joes Jeans Frye Booties-6 Blog Design History Cardigan Joes Jeans Frye Booties-7She kept going up and down this driveway.  Up…and down.  Up…and down.  Don’t you wish it was that easy to find joy as an adult? 🙂 Blog Design History Cardigan Joes Jeans Frye Booties-8 Blog Design History Cardigan Joes Jeans Frye Booties-9So…I’d welcome any suggestions on how to wear these boots!  I LOVE them, but they have just been sitting on my shelf :{.  They need to be worn!

On me…

Cardigan- Design History (similar color here)
Sweater- Club Monaco (old, but similar here)
Jeans- Joe’s Jeans (similar here, and less expensive here)
Boots- Frye (similar here)
On Maya…
Cardigan- Gap (thrifted, but similar here)
Top- Osh Kosh (thrifted, but love this here)
Scarf- Mine 🙂  thrifted
Pants- Joe’s Jeans (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Gap (thrfted, but love these here)

dit-elle-Lauren

Faux leather leggings? I’m not sure I’m sold…

Do you ever have a trend/article of clothing that you really want to work, but for some reason you can’t make it?  Well, that’s how I feel about my faux leather leggings.  I feel weird even typing that out.  Am I too old for faux leather leggings?  Say no!!! 😦  Alas…I might be.

I didn’t even blog the first attempt, it was so bad, albeit COMFORTABLE.  At first I blamed it on the sweater.  I keep trying THAT too, and don’t like the deep V!  Grrr, two wrongs obviously don’t make a right!  Anywho, I realized I shouldn’t hide my “misses”.  So, here it is-first attempt. BlogFauxLeatherLeggingsSweater-5Did I mention how comfortable they are?  So…I tried them again.  This time I chose a different sweater…. Not 100% sold on this outfit either, but I do like it better than the first try.Blog Black HM Sweater Faux Leather Leggings-1Seriously, it’s comedic how much Maya loves the self timer sometimes. Blog Black HM Sweater Faux Leather Leggings-2 Blog Black HM Sweater Faux Leather Leggings-3 Blog Black HM Sweater Faux Leather Leggings-4Love this tunic from the Gap (old :() Blog Black HM Sweater Faux Leather Leggings-5 Blog Black HM Sweater Faux Leather Leggings-6 Blog Black HM Sweater Faux Leather Leggings-7So, what are your thoughts on faux leather leggings?  Should I try them again??

On me-Strike one…

Sweater- Joie (sold out, but similar here)
Leggings- Forever 21 (similar here)

Shoes- Converse (similar)

On Maya…

Jeans- Levi’s Skinny Cords (thrifted, but similar here)
Tank- Gap
Chambray Shirt- Thrifted, but similar here and here.

Shoes- Pink Glitter Converse (sold out :( ) plain ones here.

On me-Strike two…
Sweater- H&M

Leggings- Forever 21 (similar here)
Shoes- Sam Edelman (thrifted, but similar here)
On Maya…
Jeggings- 77 kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Gap (ThredUp but love this!)
Boots- SmartFit (old, but similar here and love these here)
Super Mom Tip-
Don’t be afraid to try new trends or step out of your comfort zone, but don’t spend a lot of $$ unless you try the less expensive version out.  I buy a majority of my “tries” on eBay, but I also love H&M if you like to try things on.  I actually found these Forever 21 leggings at Value Village (new with the tag!) for $2.50.  Can’t beat that for a test drive.  Even if I did crash and burn…twice.
If you find that you love it, then go for a more quality piece that will last/fit better.
dit-elle-Lauren

Can we just pretend I took a shower?

Ok, good.  Now let’s carry on.  🙂

Ever since starting this blog, I’ve started dressing up a little more than I have since I started working from home (which was 6 years ago).  The Huz is really liking that part 🙂  I’ve always had the other clothes, but kind of fell into a rut.  When you work from home, are a stay at home mom, or in my case both, it can just be easier to stay in your sweats haha.  Most days, I don’t take my shower until later in the day, which means hair in a bun…  All that said, I feel SO much better about myself when I do get out of my sweats and actually put some thought into my clothes.  Even if I don’t make it into the shower haha 🙂

So, I may not have taken a shower, nor put a lot of thought into my outfit, but at least I’m not in my sweats 🙂blog H&M Army coat J Brand Jeans Black Frye Harness Boots-2 blog H&M Army coat J Brand Jeans Black Frye Harness Boots-3Oh, but wait…at least we don’t match!1Maya 103 weeks rain boots vest-1On me…

Jeans- J Brand  (I scored these for $6 at a thrift store, and they are one of my fav jeans!)
Top- Zara (old, but similar here)
Boots- Frye
Jacket- H & M (LOVE IT!! Runs a little small though)
On Maya…
Jeans- Gap
Top- Gap (thrifted, but similar here.  Hers doesn’t have the bear.  Yes, it’s a boys shirt :))
Boots- Thrifted, but similar here.
Vest- Old Navy (thrifted, but similar here.)dit-elle-Lauren

Fun with the fog…or really, just having fun :)

I have been LOVING all the fog we’ve been having here in Seattle.  It’s SO much fun to photograph!  Clients always get excited by sun (so limiting for pictures!), but fog…love it!  Some like sun flare…I like fog flare 😉

You’d think I’d want to wear vibrant colors in the haze, but no….black and gray.  My usual.Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-1 Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-2 Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-3Love that the picture on the left shows the fog rolling in, and the one on the right…it’s passed.  In a matter of minutes! Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-4Someone found her love of the self timer again.  I let her push the button and she thought it was hilarious.  Everyone (even strangers!) always says how much Maya looks like my husband, but for anyone that knows me…that is SO MY LAUGH!  Love that I captured it.  With a self timer no less 😉 Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-5 Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-6 Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-7 Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-8Um, see what I mean about the fog??! Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-9On me…

Leather Jacket- Doma (similar here and less expensive faux leather here)
Top- Addison (50% off at Shopbop!)
Jeans-DL 1961 (these are the Emma Leggings)
Shoes- Converse (similar)
On Maya…
Jeans- Gap (similar)
Top- Gap (similar)
Jacket- Circo (thrifted, but this one is so cute)